Free NHS Prescriptions

Find out if you are entitled to free NHS prescriptions and help with other NHS costs using the eligibility checker. Click here.

People with certain medical conditions can get free NHS prescriptions if they hold a valid medical exemption certificate.

You can get a medical exemption certificate if you have:

  • A permanent fistula (e.g. colostomy or ileostomy) which needs continuous surgical dressing or an appliance
  • A form of hypoadrenalism (e.g. Addison’s Disease) for which specific substitution therapy is essential
  • Diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism
  • Diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Myxoedema (hypothyroidism which needs thyroid hormone replacement)
  • Epilepsy which needs continuous anti-convulsive therapy
  • A continuing physical disability which means you cannot go out without the help of another person
  • Cancer and are undergoing treatment for cancer, the effects of cancer or the effects of cancer treatment

If you are not sure about the name of your condition, check with your doctor. You can obtain an exemption certificate from your doctor.

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